The Garten discovery encountered more than 700 feet of net oil pay reservoirs. Recoverable resource is expected to exceed 10 million barrels of light oil, which is at the high end of pre-drill estimates.
Dr. Andy Samuel, chief executive at the Oil and Gas Authority said, stated:
Garten marks the 2500th offshore exploration well on the UK Continental Shelf and is an excellent start for exploration drilling in 2018. Modern data and the application of new technologies are key to stimulating exploration and successfully delivering the full potential of the UKCS.
The Garten discovery well will be suspended as a future producer and tied back to the Beryl Alpha platform. Apache is cooperating with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to gain regulatory approvals to start production, which is expected in the first quarter of 2019.